Snow Falling on Cedars
Snow Falling on Cedars does have snow, the snow is falling, and there are cedar trees, but that has nothing to do with the movie. This story is set in the state of Washington during the 1940’s. Five years after World War II had ended a local fisherman was found entangled in his nets. A young Japanese man named Kazua is accused of his murder and the storyline focuses on his trial. The son of the newspaper owner named Ishmael, played by Ethan Hawke, sat in the courtroom and reminisced about his first love, Hatsud, who was also Kazuo’s wife. He had flashbacks about when they met, how they stole away to their secret hiding place and the day she was taken away to the Japanese internment camps. Basically, there was flashback after flashback. In fact, there were flashbacks to explain the flashbacks; like being stuck in someone else’s bad LSD trip. Ishmael remembered how much he cared for beautiful Hatsud while the rest of America was immersed in hatred for the Japanese. He also knew that if Kazuo is convicted, he might get Hatsud back for himself. What this film lacked in dialogue, it made up for in cinematography. Of course, I can’t remember the last time I was affected by beautiful scenery. It also dragged on for two and one half-hours with nothing to keep the audience awake but my snoring. I give this slow, frustrating movie a D rating.
This movie has been given a PG-13 rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.